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Things are looking up for Fire Cat Solar


Mon, Sep 19th, 2016
Posted in Canton Home & Garden

Shawn Bangs, owner of Fire Cat Solar of Canton, Minn., stands with his sons Garrett and Tyson next to one of the Fire Cat Solar business trucks. Photo by Barb Jeffers

By Barb Jeffers

Business is heating up for Shawn Bangs and his company, Fire Cat Solar, LLC, located in Canton, Minn. As solar energy becomes more popular, Fire Cat Solar is there to help the average person not only understand how the process works but to make the process an easy one.

Bangs, who became an electrical contractor in 1995, has owned and operated Bangs Electric for over 20 years and has expertise in commercial, residential and agricultural fields. As a master electrician, Bangs is required to complete 16 hours of continuing education every two years. While attending these classes he learned about solar energy and “realized a need” for installers.

Fire Cat Solar, which Bangs started in November of 2015, is a subdivision of Bangs Electric, LLC. After installing his first solar energy system in 2013, Fire Cat Solar has completed many others both large and small.

Many of his jobs have been in Goodhue County in Minnesota and as he is licensed in both Minnesota and Iowa, he has completed systems in northern Iowa also.

Bonfe’s Auto Service & Body Repair in St. Paul, Minn., and Sargent’s Nursery, Inc. in Redwing, Minn., are just two of the impressive and professional jobs completed by Fire Cat Solar.

There are many rewards associated with using solar energy, including lowering utility bills and lessening your carbon footprint.

There are grants and tax incentives available for solar panel installation and Fire Cat Solar is able to help customers receive them.

“We take our customers through it, so if the customer wants to apply for any of the grants, we can line our customers up with a grant writer,” says Bangs, noting that there are USDA grants available. This is only the beginning of the service that the company provides.

“We take care of the interconnection agreement between the electric coop or utility company” and “will take care of the building permits and electrical permits,” as well, says Bangs. From there Fire Cat Solar will design and build the system.

Mike Woodley, director of sales for Fire Cat Solar with years of energy experience, has been with the business approximately one year and is a valuable asset to the company. Bangs and Woodley met through associates after word traveled in the business of Bangs designing, manufacturing, and installing an enclosure to contain the wires i .....
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Locating AEDs in Canton

Mon, Sep 19th, 2016
Posted in Canton Government

By Liz Giese The Canton City Council discussed where to place two additional AEDs at their regular meeting on September 14, 2016. The City of Canton will be getting two additional Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs). An AED is a portable de ..... 
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Chuck Fellows

Mon, Sep 19th, 2016
Posted in Canton Obituaries

Chuck Fellows, age 90 of Canton, Minn., went to be with his Lord and Savior on September 7, 2016, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, at the age of 90 years, 10 months, and 15 days. Funeral services were held 10 a.m. Monday, Sept 12, 2016 at the Cresco Community ..... 
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Karen Arneson

Mon, Sep 12th, 2016
Posted in Canton All

Karen L. Arneson, age 71, of rural Canton, died Saturday, September 3, 2016 at home following a lengthy fight with cancer. Karen was born August 25, 1945 on the farm in Prosper, Minn., to Lyle and Alice (Albertson) Wilbur. She attended the Prosp ..... 
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A View From The Woods - After the deluge

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Sep 5th, 2016
Posted in Canton Columnists

I stir from sleep in the night, hearing a loud thrumming of rain on the roof. I turn over, glad we closed the windows at bedtime. By morning, the barely lightened sky keeps us dozing later than usual. The rain has ended, but the morning remains d ..... 
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Bergey Boys Blazing BBQ win big, donate cash prize to Canton Fire Department

Mon, Aug 29th, 2016
Posted in Canton Social Scenes

Bergey Boys Blazing BBQ of Canton received top honors at a charity BBQ event in Onalaska, Wis., on June 25, 2016. The team’s pulled pork was awarded first place in the People’s Choice Contest at the Rotary Rock-n-Ribs BBQ Competition. The Bergey ..... 
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Engagement ~ Thompson ~ Krueger

Mon, Aug 22nd, 2016
Posted in Canton Social Scenes

Thompson ~ Krueger Allie Elizabeth Thompson and Devon James Krieger are pleased to announce their engagement. They will be married September 17, 2016 in Winona, Minn. Allie is the daughter of Eric and Jane Thompson of Rushford. Devon is the son ..... 
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The privilege for which “they” struggled

Fri, Aug 19th, 2016
Posted in Canton Commentary

By Kathie Haynes I took this title mostly from a 1999 book edited by Heidi Bauer and Barbara Stuhler. I say “mostly” because the original title was for which “We” struggled. It is all about Minnesota women of the suffrage movement. You ..... 
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Canton Day Off this weekend

Mon, Aug 15th, 2016
Posted in Canton Government

Plans for Canton Day Off were confirmed at the regular meeting of the Canton City Council on August 10. The annual Canton Day Off celebration will be held this weekend, August 19-21. Council member Cindy Shanks reported that everything was ready f ..... 
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